But other worries about the film project may have been fully realized. Most significantly, it seems that director Mike Nichols and the rest of the star-studded cast, intimidated by the intricacies and esoterica of political life and campaigning, have retreated to portrayals and nuances from their previous works. Not quite gifted with range greater than, say, a soaking-wet Nerf, they have forsaken accuracy for comfort.

Or have they? The influence these actors allowed to seep into their work on Primary Colors - the shading of their rich, Crayola-inspired hues - somehow painted a clearer and more vivid picture of the actual DC cads than Rich Little could ever hope to attempt.